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Crafting Deviance: Moral Construction as Narrative Strategy in Investigative TV-journalism
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4846-4851
2019 (English)In: Media and Communication (Mediji i Komunikacije), ISSN 2336-9981, Vol. 5, no 9, p. 33-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Journalism researchers have argued that one of the ways in which investigative journalism engages audiences is the construction of a moral point of departure and a subsequent indicating of shocking deviance from that morality (Ekström, 2002; Protess et al., 1991; Mølster, 2007; Ettema och Glasser, 1998; de Burgh, 2008).

By means of a set of Labov’s (1972) narrative concepts and the objectification of standards described by Ettema and Glasser (1998), this article shows and analyses how moral deviance is gradually constructed and expanded upon in an episode of the Swedish investigative TV programme Uppdrag granskning [Mission Investigate].

Based on the analysis the article argues that journalistic constructions of aggravation of moral transgressions have implications in three areas: increased attention value of the own production, justification of the shaming and exposure of featured wrongdoers and establishment of journalism as a purveyor of moral constructions influencing social order.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bijelo Polje, Crna Gora (Montenegro), 2019. Vol. 5, no 9, p. 33-48
Keywords [en]
Investigative Journalism, Morality, Professional Identity, Narrative
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Media Studies
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Media Studies and Journalism, Journalism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-91996OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-91996DiVA, id: diva2:1392624
Available from: 2020-02-08 Created: 2020-02-08 Last updated: 2020-02-20Bibliographically approved

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